sun river team

Andy Matzke is the lead pastor, teacher, and visionary leader at Sun River Church. He has a real passion to pursue God and help others pursue God as we follow Jesus Christ. Andy and his wife Heidi have been serving together here at Sun River for more than 20 years. They have two kids, Sidney, 17 and Zac, 15.
Chris is the student ministries pastor here at Sun River and he also leads some of our community outreach ministries. Chris says that Jesus has been inescapable since his youth, and he loves helping people of all walks of life to find and follow Jesus. Chris married his wife, Kyle, in 2011. Their hobbies mostly include figuring out how to raise their three awesome and crazy girls, Emery 7, Joan 5, and Hazel 3. 
Brock serves as the Junior High and Young Adults director. His goal is to preach Christ crucified, instruct in sound doctrine, equip the saints for what life throws at them, and encourage others in their relationship with Christ. Brock is blessed with a beautiful wife, Lisa, and two gorgeous little girls, Jaclynn and Coraline.
As the Director of Elementary Children’s Ministries, Joni finds joy in introducing kids to the awesome love of Jesus and to help them, along with their families, to grow in a relationship with Him. She is married to Scott, who she calls “the biggest kid of all". They raised their children, Stephen and Kristi, here at Sun River Church. Joni loves movies and a good TV series, sunny beach vacations AND staycations with her family, quiet yoga time as well as blaring music to a “good for your heart” workout! 
Early childhood is where the foundations of lifelong faith begin. As the Director of The Playhouse Nursery and The Backyard Preschool Ministries Cheryl has the privilege of being a part of the introduction of God’s big plan to young children. She is married to Brian and they have three children, Samuel, Matthew and Elizabeth. Cheryl enjoys gardening, yoga, the beach, and baking. 

Rachel is a William Jessup University graduate who recently completed her Bachelors degree in Theology and is currently working on her Masters degree in Business Administration. She loves worshiping God through music and is passionate about leading others to experience God’s love. “My favorite thing about SRC has been experiencing the genuinely kindhearted and compassionate staff and congregation. I always leave SRC feeling supported and encouraged!”

Jim is passionate about helping people connect in smaller communities who will encourage each other to become more like Christ and pursue a missional lifestyle. He also loves helping people understand God’s Word better through teaching as well as doing translation work with Wycliffe in Southeast Asia. He was born and raised in rural New York, but blessed to be married to an amazing California native, Heather. They have one son, KJ, now in high school. 

As the Congregational Care Pastor Andy calls on hospital patients, those who can’t come to church, and those going through the tough times of life. It is his joy and privilege to bring the comfort of God’s Word and prayer to members of our congregation and our community. Andy and his wife Barbara also enjoy traveling to the Bay Area and Baja California to spend time with their kids and grandkids.

Meet the administrative staff.

Sharon Johnson

Assistant to Lead Pastor
In her support role to Andy Matzke, Sharon's prayer is that the work she does behind the scenes will help to carry out God’s mission. She loves being a part of what God is doing here! Sharon is married to Steve and they have two daughters, Paige and Carly. Both of their girls were blessed to have been raised attending Sun River Church.

Jill Forest

Financial Administration
Jill has attended Sun River Church for over 20 years and has been paying the bills here for over six years. She considers herself privileged to see firsthand how God always provides for His church. Jill and her husband Rick have been married for over 32 years and have two adult children, Alex and Alyssa. Their favorite place to be is on a beach in Hawaii.

Leah Matthews

Media & Communications
Leah manages and maintains our social media and online presence as well as designing graphics for all our ministries. It is her desire that her work will connect with people and get them excited about giving their life to Jesus Christ. She and her husband Chris have lived in the Sun River community for almost 20 years and enjoy biking and kayaking together.

Kayla Williams

Facilities Administration
Kayla has attended SRC since she was a child. She met her husband Dillon here in youth group, and now they currently serve in High School ministry together! While she manages all things facility here at the church, also uses her gift of photography to capture the people of SRC. Her goal is to reach the community and encourage others to belong and follow Jesus. Kayla is grateful to be on the SRC staff and be a part of what God continues to do here with His church.

Kelli Fort

Emily Gomez

Student Ministries Administration
Elementary Ministries Administration
Kelli supports the junior high, high school, and Second Friday ministries. She enjoys being able to support these ministries and the students and the families they serve. Kelli loves studying and sharing God’s Word. She also enjoys getting coffee or tea, baking, and connecting with others, especially if it combines all three of these. And she loves spending time with her adult kids.
Emily has attended SRC for 14 years. As the administrative assistant for elementary ministries, she loves talking to the children here and growing in God together. Emily and her husband Adam have been married for 18 years. They have three children: Alex 15, Gavin 14 and Lily 10. They enjoy going boating at Folsom Lake and watching movies together. When she has free time, Emily likes to crochet, knit, and read.

Paul Dougan

Pat Gemma

Olivia Brace

IT Administration
Maintenance Administration
High School Intern
Paul maintains Sun River Church's IT systems. God has put him in this position to help serve God and the people of Sun River Church through the use of technology. He and his wife Jeri have been married for over 41 years, have four boys, eight grandchildren with another on the way. They have attended Sun River Church for the past 15 plus years.
Pat serves as Sun River Church’s building engineer.  
Dubbed the most popular man on campus, Pat is the utility guy who helps to fix, paint, build, and maintain the facilities here at Sun River Church.
As the high school intern, Olivia works with Chris Ireland to plan fun games and events for students. Growing up in the church and being involved in her youth groups, she found a passion for Jesus and sharing the gospel. Olivia is a junior at Sac State and is majoring in chemistry. She enjoys backpacking, spending time on the water, and exploring the outdoors. She loves challenging herself, trying new things, and meeting new people.

Meet the board of elders.

Scott Allgier

Erick Maeding

Dan Charlebois

Blake Martin

Steve Johnson

Gary McIver

Devin Lyle